Eric Peters: Sessions vs. Trump . . . vs. us

Eric Peters: Sessions vs. Trump . . . vs. us

By Eric Peters Without consent, what have you got? Just force. The Constitution articulates the principle of consent – that “the people” agree to its terms and conditions – to be governed by it – and that without their consent, the government has no legitimate claim to govern them. This is the principle at the bottom of […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Infiniti Q50 new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Infiniti Q50 new car review

By Eric Peters Infiniti’s cars are not named well. The Q50 sedan, for instance. Neither the letter nor the number seems to stand for anything identifiable about the car. Besides which, it just sounds bland and boring. The good news is, the car’s not. You can get it with a 400 hp, twin-turbo V6 – and without all-wheel-drive, as a for-instance. […]

Eric Peters: California as the boss of us

Eric Peters: California as the boss of us

By Eric Peters Bad enough that we’re ordered about by the government in Washington. But what about this business of being ordered about by the government of California? Its befehlshaber (that’s German for order-giver) Jerry Brown just ordered the tripling – the almost quadrupling – of the of the number of electric cars which must be on the […]

Eric Peters: Dirty Oddie

Eric Peters: Dirty Oddie

By Eric Peters Go ahead – make my day. Back in 1971, Clint Eastwood’s character said it on screen – and people were shocked. But it was just a movie. And besides, Dirty Harry only shot bad guys – murderous psychopaths, as in the original 1971 film. In the sequel film – Magnum Force – […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Kia Rio new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Kia Rio new car review

By Eric Peters Kia and Hyundai are – today – like Ford and Mercury used to be. Well, Mercury no longer is at all. But once upon a time, Mercury was the higher-line (and sightly higher-priced) version of the same basic thing sold under the Ford label. Kia serves the same purpose today. Its models […]

Eric Peters: Snow driving etiquette . . . and its lack

Eric Peters: Snow driving etiquette . . . and its lack

By Eric Peters Lots of advice goes out every year about how to drive in the snow. But the single most important piece of advice about snow-day driving is almost never mentioned – probably because the cardinal rule of modern advice-giving is to never tell people the truth when it might cause discomfort or offense. It is, simply: Stay home if […]

Eric Peters: Techno-economic leveling

Eric Peters: Techno-economic leveling

By Eric Peters Cars, it’s rightly said, are becoming like cell phones – but in a way that’s different than the purely techno-gadget way most people mean when they say this. A techno-economic leveling is under way, the same as has happened with our phones.  The $60 smartphone you can pick up at Walmart may not have quite as […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota Corolla new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota Corolla new car review

By Eric Peters Technically, the Toyota Corolla is an entry-level compact sedan – a notch down in size and price from the mid-sized, mid-priced Camry sedan. Well, when it comes to what it costs. But when it comes to passenger space, the Corolla has almost the same interior space; more space when it comes to backseat […]

Eric Peters: Who profits from the loss of our privacy?

Eric Peters: Who profits from the loss of our privacy?

By Eric Peters Who owns the data culled by your car? And – more to the point – who is profiting from it? And why aren’t they cutting us a check, at least? All new cars – and most cars built over the past decade or so – have data recorders and this data is not only stored but […]

Eric Peters: Mazda’s solution that works . . .

Eric Peters: Mazda’s solution that works . . .

By Eric Peters If you were counting calories, would you exclude the deep-fried shell of the taco you’re planning to eat? Probably not – unless you weren’t really counting calories. What has this to do with cars? A lot, it turns out. In particular, electric cars – which are touted as being “zero emissions” cars. For the […]

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